When was the last time you relied on a business man only to find yourself in the losing edge? Maybe you have fresh memories about that disappointment. Or maybe, your friend has been a victim of such tragedy. This means that you should act more prudently in all your endeavors. Avoid the mistake of giving the other party a vote of full confidence. Moving business is no exceptional to such mistreatment.
Moving being one of the most complex undertakings, it requires absolute prudence. No taking chances! When one is preparing to move, you make sure that you execute your proactive mode by planning in advance and organizing for the best moving company to help you in relocating your stuff to your new destination…this is a good thing. In fact, it’s a score! But do you leave all the stones turned? Do you dig dip to unravel all the moving fundamentals elements and mysteries? If you just trusted the face value information from the moving company, you are far from scoring 100%. It is good to know that not all moving companies will give you substantial information about their performance, services or any other material facts that may deny them business. They have to protect their business circle and crave for your money! Beware!
This write up will give you top ten things that moving companies will not tell you before giving them the relocating business.
- Let’s face it, moving is your personal business. Don’t expect a moving company to advise you on the time you need before the relocating day. May be you can do it in a day- that is supernatural! You know your pace and the fact that you need to put everything in order both in the old home and the new home, time is of essence here. Planning your moving in advance is one factor that contributes to a successful moving. The moving company is just interested in doing their business only on the relocating day-game over! On the other hand, you need to organize your new home; ensure that the utilities are working, change the postal address and maybe find a good school for your kids among other basic things. This needs adequate time and no mover will help you manage your time!
- Can you malign yourself? Of course not! The same applies to any moving company. If a moving company house is not in order, they won’t act angels and rub it on you “we have been caught with malpractices twice this year”! That will never happen. So, what do you do to establish the authenticity of the moving company which you are planning to trust with your relocation? You need to go an extra mile in finding more information pertaining to the company in question. Establish their professionalism, codes of conduct, efficiency, reliability and whether they are licensed to operate as moving company in your jurisdiction. Check with US Department of Transportation the company qualification- whether their vehicles is in order, check reviews about that company – how do other people say about it. Are they disappointed or happy with their services? In addition, the Better business Bureau Database will assist you.
- “Our quote is perfect and accurate” most moving companies will always say that despite the fact that they are miles away from you. They will never tell you that the phone or email quote is insufficient! They may send you that large list where you tick all the items you need relocated, but does this really suffice? Totally not. More often than not, you are likely to overlook something in your closet- this will bring problems on the moving day. If you want total accuracy and avoid problems of overcharge during the moving day, go for an onsite quote. The moving company will send some of its staff to assess your things and outright give you an accurate quote. This will help you review your budget accordingly.
- Some moving companies will remain mum with regard to some charges, only to add them to your bill! You may see this as unfair but it is your duty to know about those hidden costs. You will never see them in the moving quote. You need to go an extra step and enquire from the moving company the costs of any additional services which you might need. Otherwise, you will be astonished on the billing day. These hidden charges may include stair charge- when they have to climb some stairs to your house, shuttle charge- they use a smaller vehicle to pick your households if the big trailer cannot access your house. Cost of bringing packing materials to you or even packing charges. You should be acquainted with the bill of landing.
- The wise say that “when the deal is too good think twice”. This is quite wise so to say. Some moving companies are a scam and will lure you into sweet deals where you can’t say no…they can make it sound like an offer! But should you go for such sweet price quotes? Don’t even think about it! You will come to know that cheap is expensive when you will be bombarded with enormous additional costs and drastic price change on the moving day if not the billing day. To hedge from this risk, it is prudent to research on the average market price and consider a moving company whose price fall within that limit. Always enquire from the moving company the elements of the estimates provided to you.
- Some moving company worker may be tricky when it comes to tipping. Some may plan to extort you and even plan a go-slow during the moving day. The moving company will not speak of this either expressly or orally unless you enquire from them. If you don’t want to fall a victim, it is good to go a professional company with well behaved staff who will not stress you on the moving day- you need to research on the best moving company. It is worth noting that it is OK to give some tip to the workers if their service mesmerizes you- saying thank you.
- No moving company will tell you about moving scams! This is your duty. Don’t blame the company later after everything falls apart! It is prudent to do your own research on how scammers behave. For example a scammer will ask you to pay the full price before relocating, will refuse credit card payments-they just want cash and may give you super sweet deals. If you notice this, think twice before running to that kind of a mover. Equip yourself with enough knowledge about the mover before trusting them.
- Some moving companies will just tell you absolute sweet things. Just what you want to hear like “we will deliver your goods in five hours”. Ask yourself, is this reasonable? Make sure that you get the real delivery schedule before you trust any mover with your goods.
- Does the moving company have a capacity to facilitate your relocation? Most companies will tell you “we can handle this” only to find some unidentifiable staff and trucks purporting to work for that moving company on the moving day. This is quite a chock! Make sure that you know the moving company of choice in and out- no surprises! The company should be capable of handling your work. And if not, they should inform you about any changes before the moving day. It is your duty to be proactive and anticipate such things.
- You should know about the 110% rule in advance as no company will enlighten you on this. Most companies will capitalize on earning more from you but never on reducing your costs. You should know that the 110% rule protects you from the mover overpricing. The price billed by the mover should not exceed 110% of the initial quote.